Catalog No. 0000.00.00
"Music City U.S.A." jeweled box bag featuring a screen printed guitar among stylized flowers
11 3/8 L x 5 7/8 H x 2 3/4 D in.
Probably 1970s (see "Additional Notes")
Solid warm-toned wood box purse featuring an acoustic guitar screen printed in brown and black and flanked by stylized, sinuous floral designs. Guitar frets and flowers are decorated with faux gems in blues and reds, green leaves, and pearlescent floral embellishments. "music city u.s.a." printed in hand-script cursive style in lower left corner. I's in the script are dotted with tiny faux gems.
Title of Piece
music city u.s.a. (sic)
Enid Collins (American, 1926-1989), for Collins of Texas
Associated Product Codes
Brown, black, red, peach, blue, turquoise, light spring green, emerald green, pearl, amber
Collins Jewel Colors
Music, musical instruments, Country Music, Nashville, Tennessee
Signature and/or Mark
"ec" printed on lower right of front panel (no copyright symbol)
Acrylic serigraph on heavily lacquered solid wood (probably mahogany with walnut stain); glass jewels manufactured for Collins of Texas in the Czech Republic; acrylic embellishments; hand-wrought solid brass clasps and ornaments; rigid vinyl handle; natural hand-stained leather trim; satin lining; mirror
Serigraph (screen) print; machine-made box with hand-applied stain and lacquer; hand-wrought solid brass; some hand assembly (hand application of jewels)
Place of Manufacture
Places of Sale
Shows typical wear from use; serigraph vivid; original embellishments intact and in place.
A tribute to Nashville, Tennessee, home of the Grand Ole Opry and with a long history of songwriting, recording and musical performance. I'm guessing this is a later box bag - perhaps early 1970s. It feels too symmetrical to be Enid Collins's own design and doesn't seem to fit in with her other 1960s designs. I don't know for sure, but I like it anyway.